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May 25, 2006

Emergency Management Office Announces NIMS Training Sessions

FULTON The Oswego County Emergency Management Office will offer a series of training sessions in June and July for emergency workers who need to comply with the new federal National Incident Management System (NIMS) training requirements. All volunteers and workers responding to emergency situations must take ICS 100, Introduction to Incident Command System, and FEMA IS-700, NIMS: An Introduction, in order for their agency to be eligible for federal preparedness grants.

Patricia Egan, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, said the regulations affect first responders and disaster workers at all levels of government and the private sector. All Oswego County municipalities are required to be compliant by Sept. 15.

NIMS training will be held:

  • Tuesday, June 13, 9 a.m. to noon, Emergency Operations Center, County Branch Office Building, 200 N. Second St., Fulton.
  • Wednesday, June 14, 6 to 9 p.m., Emergency Operations Center, County Branch Office Building, 200 N. Second St., Fulton.
  • Monday, June 19, 1 to 4 p.m., Sandy Creek Town Hall, 1992 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.
  • Thursday, June 22, 6 to 9 p.m., Sandy Creek Town Hall, 1992 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 6 to 9 p.m., Hastings Municipal Building, 1134 U.S. Route 11, Central Square.

Pre-registration is required because class sizes are limited. To pre-register, call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, weekdays, at 591-9150 at least one week before the class date.

The NIMS system was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security to ensure that emergency workers across the U.S. receive consistent training in crisis management.

Egan said the training requirements affect anyone who is involved in emergency response operations, including emergency medical services personnel, firefighters, hospital staff, law enforcement personnel, public health personnel, public works and utility personnel, support services, mayors and deputy mayors, town supervisors and their replacements, and other volunteers.

For additional information about the training classes, call Egan at 591-9150. For additional information about the National Incident Management System, visit the NIMS Web site at: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/index.shtm

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